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Leaders and organisations from across Northern Ireland’s charity and voluntary sector have been recognised for their excellence and success at this year’s CO3 Leadership Awards, delivered in partnership with Ecclesiastical Insurance.

Taking place virtually after they were postponed earlier in the year in March, the awards highlight the talent, innovation and success across Northern Ireland’s charities, voluntary organisations, and social enterprises.

Following CO3's virtual AGM on the 5 November 2020, we are delighted to welcome three new trustees to the CO3 Board. Our board oversee the work that the dedicated CO3 team carry out, they are also active in representing CO3 and contributing to our activities both in public and behind the scenes. 

In partnership with the Chartered Institute of Fundraising and with the support of Pro Bono Economics, CO3 designed and issued a follow-up s


Charities urged to apply for emergency funding

THE COVID-19 Charities Fund is reopening on 3 August, Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has today announced.

The funding programme, which is being administered on behalf of the Department for Communities by The National Lottery Community Fund, will provide financial support to charities which have lost income due to the impact of COVID-19 and are unable to cover unavoidable costs until 30 September 2020.

Reacting to the news of a £40 million Hardship Fund from the Department for the Economy, Nora Smith, CEO of CO3 said:

“Whilst we welcome news of a Hardship Fund, the devil will be in the detail in terms of whether or not our members can access this. To date most of them have not been able to access any financial relief despite the fact that our sector employs around 45,000 people and contributes £1.5billion to the local economy.

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